Rainy season in Closter, NJ means plenty of heavy rains, which can in turn lead to flooding in your home. The effects can be catastrophic, resulting in serious damage and forcing a major clean up. You can protect yourself with the installation of a sump pump in your basement or a similar spot in your house. The sump pump sits in a special pit dug for it, and as floodwaters enter your basement, it activates and pumps them right out again. It can be a lifesaver when the rains start to fall, and if you’re in the market for one, you’re making a sound investment in your home. You can begin the search for an appropriate model with your installation technician. As you do, here are three specific things to keep in mind.

1.      CAPACITY

Sump pumps usually measure their capacity in gallons per minute: the amount of water they can safely eject from your home. The exact amount a given flood will produce varies, but it’s possible to make a rough estimate based on the unique features of your building and the placement of the pump. It’s always a good idea to err on the side of a higher capacity. That way, you know your sump pump will be able to handle whatever the issue may be.


Head pressure refers the amount of pressure the pump has to generate in order to pump the water vertically form the sump pit out of the home. It’s usually measured in vertical feet and your installation technician should be able to determine it for you.


Sump pumps will get wet, and over the course of regular use will see quite a bit of wear and tear as well. Cheap models will be made of plastic and corrosive metals that will wear out very quickly. Instead, look for models made of sturdy, non-corrosive material such as bronze, stainless steel and the like.

Call on BZ Dependable to find and install the right sump pump for you!

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